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Manuel McLure
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A little R/C sailplane haiku:

Speck in a blue sky
Thermal carries my soul high
As I stand grounded
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Wooden swallow soars,
Climbing invisible hills —
Angle of attack.
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I just solved a Windows ActiveX DCOM mystery that's been kicking my butt for the last week and a half. As always, it was a tiny thing - missing curly braces around a GUID in the registry. But in the process of solving the problem I've learned much more about DCOM than I ever wished to know.
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Went flying today for the first time this year. Each of the three planes I took had something new (or was completely new). My Radian electric sailplane had an upgraded folding propeller, my SmoothE electric sport plane had a new fuselage and servos, and I brought a brand new plane "designed" by myself and built from Dollar Tree foamboard, tape and hot glue, which I'm calling the Oogly.

The new propeller on the Radian makes it hit 200 meters altitude in 25 seconds (down from over 30 seconds on the old prop.) A hit. And the weather was fantastic - just a slight wind and thermals everywhere. In one thermal I ended up so high it took me 5 minutes of flat spinning to get back down to where I was comfortable. Each 25 second burst of power easily gave me 10-15 minutes of flying.

The SmoothE flew great, as it always has every time except the time I rekitted the previous fuselage.

The Oogly flew. It's a handful. It needs some down thrust on the motor (under power it would pitch up hard and start hanging on the prop) and I think the center of gravity is too far forward.

However, I didn't crash any of the planes, even the Oogly. Any day you come back with the same number of planes in the same number of pieces that you left with is a good day.
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Hey! Where are the videos? (-:
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He does have a point about the way the conversation is framed:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Climate Change Debate
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It's Kittens and Hearts and a Pink background on February 14!

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I just noticed that the theme from the 1960s Batman TV series follows a standard 12-bar blues progression.
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This is a new (to me) variety of entitled douchebag parking (to be honest, I've seen people with vehicles too long to fit in a space, like huge trucks or RVs, do this, but this is the first time I've seen it with a midsize sedan.)
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Last night I dreamed that I'd finally gotten the hang of 2 draw harmonica bends. I was very disappointed when I woke up.
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Yeah. Essentially each hole has two reeds (one for blow, one for draw) and by adjusting the shape of the inside of your mouth you can "bend" the draw note towards the blow note (on holes 1-6) or the blow note towards the draw note (holes 7-10). That way you can get notes that aren't part of the standard tuning and/or do vibrato effects. Bending is an essential part of the Blues harmonica sound.
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Cleaning up warnings in legacy code is, I believe, a good way to burn out.
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Hey, +Daniel Osborne - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is on sale for $5 on Steam...
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And now The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is on sale...
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